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Weekly Community News for Feb. 6-12, 2014

Downtown Bangor Story Walk runs through Feb. 22

BANGOR — The Bangor Public Library and the Maine Discovery Museum kicked off its first Story Walk on Jan. 25. The free Story Walk, which features two childhood favorites, line downtown Bangor businesses from the BPL to the MDM and back again. The Story Walk will continue through Feb. 22, so there’s ample time to enjoy it.

“We are encouraging families to get outside, read, and visit our beautiful downtown district,” said BPL Director Barbara McDade. “The Story Walk is a great way to enjoy downtown while reading, or rereading, these childhood classics.”

Readers can either start at the library reading “The Mitten” along the way to the museum or “Caps for Sale” from the Museum to the Library. Over 25 businesses are participating along Central and Main Streets, with stories displayed in their windows.

For more information, call 947-8336.

Rapid Renewal

OLD TOWN — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the City of Old Town has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State’s online service for the renewal of motor-vehicle registrations.

“Rapid Renewal is one of the most popular services we offer to the public through our partnership with InfoME,” said Dunlap.  “We’ve encouraged officials in Old Town for many years to join us in offering this opportunity to my neighbors here. City leadership is to be congratulated for committing the resources to get this done, and the citizens will surely enjoy the convenience of online vehicle registration renewal.”

Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing Maine residents to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. Through Rapid Renewal, residents are able to quickly renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through, the Secretary of State’s site for online services.

Seniors to hold annual used-book sale

BANGOR — The Annual Used Book Sale at the Hammond Street Senior Center will be open to the public, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17-21. Book prices range from 25 cents to $2; HSCC members have been collecting the books since last March, but can always use more books in good condition.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for folks to stop in, see what we are all about here, and pick up a book or two to read this winter,” said Kelly Gilks, HSSC’s member activities and volunteer coordinator. “Of course, the best part is that all proceeds benefit our area seniors.”

Hammond Street Senior Center is located in downtown Bangor at 2 Hammond Street, between Mexicali Blues and the Kenduskeag Stream, heading toward State Street Hill. For information about HSSC or this event, call 262-5532 or visit

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